Soul Space shares the compelling story of our family’s journey to create places of beauty and welcome in a global guesthouse and gardens. My husband Jim and I wanted to honor the compassionate spirit of our young adult daughter Krista who was killed while volunteering in Bolivia with her husband. Twenty years ago, we joined with family and friends to launch the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship ( to encourage other young adults engaged in a year or more of service in developing nations or America’s urban cities. A year later, we replaced a dilapidated barn with a guesthouse we named the Hearth and created global gardens that center many gatherings.

The book features inspiring stories from Krista colleagues, many Spokane community groups, and visitors from around the world. Their reflections on how their spirits were strengthened by time at the Hearth attests to the human hunger for pauses, for peace, for beauty. In a world dominated by endless distractions and divisiveness, an early reviewer Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks wrote, “Soul Space will stir your heart and ignite your own imagination of the possible. A vital read for today’s world.”

With 180 beautiful color photographs, this book invites readers to imagine how to cultivate their own Hearth spaces. Creating such intentional places will gift their families, neighbors, friends, and communities with warmth and welcome, much needed in today’s world.